Founded in 2005 near the Ohio University campus in Athens, Jackie O’s Pub and Brewery began with two small fermentors and an annual output of 300 barrels. Since its inception, the brewery operations have expanded to two other facilities, as well as, a nearby farm, Barrel Ridge Farm. Its beer distribution currently focuses mainly on the state of Ohio, however, a few spots in Kentucky and California also receive limited distribution.
Today’s beer has a name that probably seems a bit odd to most people. That is unless you’ve had the distinction of listening to the call of barred owls in the wild. I’m not sure how that relates to the beer, however, it does juxtapose nicely with Bryn Perrott’s, a.k.a deerjerk, artwork that graces the can. Described as a double dry hopped hazy pale ale, the beer uses over 4 pounds per barrel of Cryo and pellet hops while coming in at 5.5 percent ABV.
The pour reveals an even haze throughout a straw yellow body with a rocky inch of head forming on top. A lot of the hazy style IPAs out in the market pour with large floating chunks and other bits of trub but that is not the case here. Mango, passionfruit, and grapefruit smack the nose before it ever reaches the glass. Further olfactory inspection reveals a hint of bananas and even slighter hint of pepper.
While still chock full of tropical fruit, Who Cooks for You brings some wheat malt character into the fold and provides a bit of balance. The bitterness is low and doesn’t linger leaving the imbiber to ponder on the overall smoothness of the beer. Carbonation is medium high giving it a fluffy feel but still maintains the fullness of a proper beer.